The assistant coaching merry-go-round continues to go into overdrive with the game’s deputies scrambling for positions for 2021 and beyond.
Find out where all the off-contract assistants are potentially heading after the 2020 season.
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Dean Young is on his way out at the Dragons.Source:Getty Images
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Dean Young will leave the Dragons at the end of the season after being in the running for the head coaching job prior to Anthony Griffin’s appointment.
Griffin initially wanted to keep Young as an assistant, but he will serve his apprenticeship elsewhere after informing the club on Wednesday that he will depart at season’s end.
He does however have an eye for potentially coaching the Dragons down the track.
The 36-year-old has been linked to the Knights and the Cowboys.
“The Cowboys are the favourites because Young has great respect for Todd Payten,” Dean Ritchie said on The Big Sports Breakfast.
“There is a line of thinking that Young is an NRL coach in waiting and he has a great football brain, but maybe he just needs to get out of the Dragons system to enhance his coaching future and round out his skills before a probable return to Kogarah one day.”
Shane Flanagan has one year to run on his head coaching ban.Source:Getty Images
Dragons assistant Shane Flanagan is on the outer since the announcement of Anthony Griffin as the new St George Illawarra coach on a two-year deal.
There was a suggestion that Flanagan would take over the Dragons when his head coaching ban ends in 2022, but Griffin’s appointment scuppered that notion.
Flanagan coached the Sharks to 102 wins from 186 games from 2010 to 2018 for a win percentage of 55 and also won a drought-breaking premiership in 2016.
The 54-year-old has repeatedly been linked to a return to the Sharks, but a lot of that will depend on how John Morris performs throughout this year’s finals series and next season.
Flanagan has been mentioned as a possible assistant at the Broncos, particularly if they go with rookie Kevin Walters in the head coaching role.
John Cartwright is set to leave Manly.Source:Getty Images
Former Titans head coach and current Sea Eagles assistant John Cartwright is set to move on from his Manly post at the end of the season.
Cartwright was the inaugural coach of the Titans and took the Gold Coast to 86 wins from 186 games from 2007 to 2014.
The 55-year-old has been happy in an assistant role to Trent Barrett and then Hasler at Manly, but he did miss out on the Cowboys head coaching role to Todd Payten.
There was a suggestion that he would join Barrett at the Bulldogs, but that won’t be happening.
Ironically Cartwright would be the ideal choice to take Barrett’s place at Penrith, given the famous history of the Cartwright family at the Panthers.
Ivan Cleary is on the lookout for an assistant and there aren’t too many more experienced candidates than Cartwright doing the rounds.
Steve Georgallis is on the lookout for a new gig.Source:News Corp Australia
The 2020 interim Bulldogs coach took over when the club parted ways with Dean Pay mid-season.
Georgallis coached the Panthers to four wins and seven losses in 2011 and has led the Bulldogs to one win from nine games in 2020 for an overall win percentage of 25 as a head coach with limited opportunities in difficult circumstances.
The 52-year-old was disappointed not to be retained under incoming head coach Trent Barrett, who signed a three-year deal to take over at Canterbury in 2021.
“It’s hard to handle for the fact that you work really hard to get in a certain position as a coach, you work your way back after this happening to me in 2011, so it’s taken me a while to get back to this position, but it’s happened,” Georgallis said of his Bulldogs departure.
“I’m probably more equipped to handle it this time. What do you say? It’s a hard pill to swallow.
“I’m hopeful that the experiences I’ve had and the junior competitions that I’ve won put me in good stead for someone else to look at me going to their club.”
Georgallis could be an option to swap with Barrett and make a return to Penrith, if John Cartwright doesn’t beat him to it.
He suggested on Wednesday he had put the feelers out and said he is open to any coaching role at any club — including lower grades. But Georgallis isn’t expecting any clubs to bite until they get other things sorted first.
“I would be interested in any sort of coaching job in the NRL,” he said on Wednesday.
“At the moment a few of those clubs that are having a few changes are going through the processes of what they are looking for next year.
“It probably won’t be until around the finals in October when I get some information back.
“I have a passion for (coaching), but unfortunately with the circumstances this year with COVID-19 no one really knows what is happening next year in relation to reserve grade and things like that.”
David Furner wants to return to the Knights.Source:Getty Images
Knights assistant David Furner is keen to move back to Sydney after serving under Adam O’Brien at Newcastle in 2020.
Furner coached the Raiders to 47 wins from 109 games from 2009 to 2013 for a win percentage of 43.
The 49-year-old also coached the Leeds Rhinos to just five wins from 15 games before being shown the door in 2019.
Furner is expected to be unveiled as Trent Barrett’s assistant at the Bulldogs, according to The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie.
“David Furner will be confirmed as the Bulldogs assistant coach,” Ritchie said on The Big Sports Breakfast.
“He wants to move back to Sydney.”
Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford.Source:Getty Images
Huddersfield coach and Canberra Raiders legend Simon Woolford is reportedly homesick and keen to continue his coaching career back in Australia.
The 45-year-old has coached the Giants to 23 wins from 48 games since 2018 for a win ratio of 48 per cent.
Woolford played 262 games in the NRL from 1994 to 2008 for the Raiders and Dragons and knows what it takes to succeed in the NRL.
“Simon Woolford is the Huddersfield coach and he is looking to come home,” Ritchie said on The Big Sports Breakfast.
“He has been messaging people in key positions at the Bulldogs, Dragons and Penrith.”
Originally published asThe NRL’s coaching landscape is a moveable feast. Here’s where the best deputies could land
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